Instrumental & Vocal Department

Diller-Quaile offers a program of string study for the young beginner through the advanced high school student. Violin, viola, and cello may begin at age four or older and double bass at age seven or older. Older beginners in all the string instruments are welcomed. The inclusive philosophies of Shinichi Suzuki and Angela Diller, as well as traditional string pedagogies, inform an approach that assures teaching tailored to the needs of the individual student, with a strong emphasis on building confident solo performing, fluent music reading, and skillful ensemble participation.

The typical program for a young student includes a thirty minute Individual Lesson with the parent in attendance, a Suzuki Group Class, and a Musicianship Class. Parents of first-year students attend a weekly Parents Class as well. Older students take lessons of forty-five minutes to an hour in length and, as they advance, participate in Orchestra, Chamber Music, and Repertoire Class.


Suzuki Group Playing Classes
Students play their shared repertoire in a motivating social environment that reinforces work done in lessons; they also hear pieces soon to be studied. Additionally, opportunities to play solos in class help students gain confidence as performers. Festivals throughout the year bring students of all levels and ages together. Suzuki Group Classes are organized according to instrument and level.


Beginners Monday 3:45-4:15 p.m.
Early Book I Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Book I Monday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Books II-III Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books III-IV Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books IV-V Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books V-VI Monday 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Books IV-V Saturday 1:15-2:00 p.m.


Books I-II Monday 6:15-7:00 p.m.


Beginners Tuesday 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Early Book I Tuesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Books I-II Tuesday 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Books III-IV Tuesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.
Books V-VI Tuesday 5:15-6:00 p.m.


String Repertoire Class
Advanced string students participate in this weekly class, focusing on the interpretation and performance of compositions from the standard repertoire. Students are coached on solo repertoire and learn from observing and participating in the work of their fellow students. These classes provide a venue for students to perform each week and to discuss the various stylistic periods, genres, and performance practices relevant to their repertoire.

String Repertoire Class Tuesday 7:00-8:00 p.m.


Extended Techniques for Violinists and Cellists
These classes for intermediate and advanced violinists and cellists are an exploration of contemporary classical and non-classical genres, including jazz, bluegrass, folk, rock, and funk. Students learn to play works from these styles and learn new skills and techniques such as improvisation, swing bowing, chopping, and more.

Extended Techniques for Violinists Wednesday 7:00-7:45 p.m.
Extended Techniques for Cellists Wednesday 7:00-7:45 p.m.


Parents Classes
Parents of first-year string students enroll in a weekly Suzuki Parents Class. This integral part of the program allows parents to learn the fundamentals of first-year string study. By gaining skill and confidence on the instrument, parents are better able to participate in lessons and support their child’s home practice. Parents may rent an instrument for the first year of study.

Parents Violin Class Monday 3:00-3:45 p.m.
Parents Cello Class Tuesday 8:00-8:45 p.m.


Additional String Class Instruction for Beginners
These small classes provide an introduction to study in an engaging and supportive group setting. Students learn the fundamentals of first-year study, including instrument technique and music reading. Classes explore a variety of music styles through group and solo playing or singing and participate in Diller-Quaile concerts. Teachers facilitate the transition to individual study in the second year.

Cello Saturday 10:15-11:00 a.m.
Viola Friday 4:00-4:45 p.m.

To inquire about enrolling in lessons or classes for the 2013-2014 school year,
please contact 212-369-1484, ext. 26 or